The first batch of DP World London Gateway’s giant gantry cranes have arrived at the UK’s newest deepwater container port after completing their epic two-month sea voyage from China.
The cranes, which stand taller than the London Eye and Wembley Stadium’s iconic arch, sailed up the Thames Estuary before berthing at the port on Friday morning.
This first delivery of cranes, built and delivered by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company (ZPMC), left Shanghai on January 7th. Two more cranes set sail bound for the new port earlier this week and a further 19 cranes are planned for delivery over the coming years.
“These cranes will bring new innovation and efficiency to the supply chain industry,” said DP World London Gateway CEO, Simon Moore.
“It won’t be long before importers and exporters across the country will be able to cut costs dramatically from their supply chains by choosing London Gateway, a port which is much closer to where goods need to go.”
The cranes, the first in the UK capable of lifting four containers simultaneously, will operate on a new 2.7 kilometre quay wall with 16-storey deep foundations. The semi-automated cranes will be connected directly to the facility’s terminal operating system and can pick up containers 25 rows across deck, beyond the width of the world’s largest container ship.
The port will start operations at its first berth in the final quarter of this year, where five quay cranes and two rail mounted gantry cranes, all provided by ZPMC, will be in operation. Cargotec will also provide 10 automatic stacking cranes and 18 straddle carriers for the first berth.